Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Flea/tick and heartworm preventatives for foster animals
This allows us to keep our fosters safe and happy while they are in our care! Nobody likes being covered I’m fleas or having heartworms, so we start them on preventatives as soon as they come to us! Having a grant to help cover even just a portion of this allows us to use that money on more important things, such as special veterinary care for fosters like October, a 7-week-old kitten who came in with two pelvic fractures and a diaphragmatic hernia. While in the end, she only survived a few weeks because the surgery was too much for her, we were able to give her every chance we could at surviving those wounds!
Flea/tick and heartworm prevention is such a vital, yet commonly overlooked, part of rescue. This grant has helped so many pets, but the one who stands out the most is Tito. Tito originally came to rescue with his mother and nine siblings at only 1-2 weeks old back in February. Tito struggled in the beginning; he was so badly infested with worms that, when the litter was dewormed, he almost didn’t survive because he had that many in him that needed to come out.
He finally started to come around from that when we realized his hair was falling out in patches, so he was quarantined for suspected ringworm or some other fungal issue. To better cover his needs, he was moved to a new foster home.
With monthly preventatives and lots of love and time and training, Tito is now a strong, handsome, loveable pup looking for his furever home! Coming up on his five-month birthday, he would make the perfect addition to any home!
The funds helped us replace artificial turf in our exercise lots. The total cost was $16,000, but the $750 really helped us. Because there were several funding sources for the project, adding the Petfinder Foundation’s Bar Dog grant to the list gave added prestige to our requests and demonstrated that multiple contributions of similar amounts would help us reach our goal.
Replacement of the turf was critical because several rips had turned into deep holes, and muddy dogs were the result. We needed artificial turf to help make it easier for our rescues to learn housetraining as a result of their experience in the shelter. More importantly, artificial turf makes it much easier to disinfect the area and keep disease under control.
All the dogs that pass through our center: on average, 20 dogs at a time, as they are rotated through each yard.
Jett and Raleigh are examples of the dogs who enjoy the area. Jett has been adopted, and Raleigh is in foster care to have experience in a family home. She is getting chicken training, dog training, and practice avoiding cars. Many of our foster dogs are adopted by their foster parents. Several families have expressed an interest in Raleigh. She is on Petfinder; you can meet Raleigh here.
Nylabone Durachews, Kong Extreme dog toys, JW Hol-ee Football dog toys, Jolly Pets Teaser dog toys — all in assorted sizes.
This grant provided 73 assorted toys and chews for the dogs awaiting adoption. All dogs are taken to outdoor play yards twice a day to interact with the volunteers; this is important in helping to alleviate shelter stress in the dogs who may be at the shelter a longer time before they are adopted. They are also given safe chews and interactive toys (such as Kongs) for overnight entertainment.
Domino, a young whippet mix, can run like the wind. He is playful, fun, and fast. For dogs like Domino, it is crucial to have enrichment toys while at the shelter. Domino was rescued on a busy highway and happily went with his rescuer. He is a typical adolescent and likes to chew, especially his own collar. Domino is very regal and absolutely stunning. He will make a wonderful companion so long as he has an active family and plenty of sturdy toys! Meet Domino here.
Lola was found as a stray and loved by her rescuer, and now she is loved by AAR volunteers. She is a gentle, sweet girl who just wants lots of tender, loving care. She LOVES to play fetch! Sometimes she has seemed “stand-offish” when meeting new people, but throw the ball, have some fun and you’ll be her new best friend. Meet Lola here.
We purchased 12 large wading pools for the dogs’ exercise yard. For some reason, local retailers did not stock them as soon as expected, but we have now received all 12.
Though we have several canopies stretched across the exercise yard, it is still very hot on the artificial-turf surface. The dogs can easily drink, splash, or soak in the pools, and they LOVE it.
It varies from time to time, depending on adoptions, but at average, our capacity is 20.
Lady, a 6-year-old miniature poodle, enjoys the pool in her area. She heads for it whenever she is outside. She is awaiting her spay and a dental before she can be adopted, but we anticipate a quick adoption as soon as she recuperates and is advertised.
Crushed granite for dog play-yard renovation in areas that flooded.
All dogs are taken to outdoor exercise yards twice daily. Due to the high volume of rain in Houston, many of the yards and walking paths have been flooding, which limited the volunteers’ ability to get to the yards or use the walking paths.
Midge (first photo) is a delightful, happy girl who craves lots of love and attention; she loved her play time in the exercise yards and the mud puddles (second photo) — but the mud baths meant more work for the volunteers to clean her up. Midge also enjoyed playing with other friendly big dogs at the shelter. Midge has been adopted!
The grant was used to purchase 200 microchips for shelter animals.
This grant helped us to provide microchips to 200 pets for putting them up for adoption. In Florida especially, we see an increase in the number of pets escaping in the summer months. This is because they will get frightened by the thunderstorms and/or fireworks. Microchips are essential to helping reunite pets with their loving owners.
This grant helped Beau, a 2-year-old beagle mix who was found wandering the streets by a good Samaritan. He was brought into our shelter, where we provided appropriate medical care and vaccinations, as well as a microchip. Beau has been adopted, but should he ever escape his new family’s home, he can be quickly reunited because of his microchip thanks to the Petfinder Foundation.
Footbridge Foundation used the granted funds to assist animals and their caretakers in the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri. The 2021 Disaster Grant made it possible for Footbridge Foundation to rescue 35 animals directly impacted by Winter Storm Uri.
Upon Winter Storm Uri’s arrival, Footbridge Foundation received numerous requests to shelter animals from the elements. Out of the 20 additional animals that we were able to rescue just before the storm, five were in need of immediate and extensive medical care.
In the aftermath of the winter storm, grocery and pet supply stores had been shuttered, causing a shortage of pet food in our community. Footbridge Foundation was able to distribute pet food to residents in our community and surrounding areas. Upon receipt of the Petfinder Foundation’s 2021 Disaster Grant, Footbridge Foundation was able to immediately intake an additional 15 animals in need of help as a result of Winter Storm Uri.
Footbridge Foundation received a request for assistance with a special dog named Jewel in the days after Winter Storm Uri. Jewel’s family was going through a tough situation that was made even worse after the storm impacted her family. Jewel’s previous owners wanted what was best for her and asked that Footbridge Foundation step in to provide her with medical care and training until we could match her with another loving family. Jewel received necessary medical care and was placed in a great foster home. It did not take long for Jewel to find a loving forever home to call her own!
Cat enrichment supplies including:
Food Tree (2)
Feliway Scent Spray (3)
Organic Cat Grass (2)
Interactive Tower Toys (5)
Interactive Cat Ball Toys (3)
Natural Cat Sticks (2)
Petstages Grass Patch Hunting Box-Toy (2)
Catit-Senses Food Toy (2)
These items truly helped the cats in our care feel more secure in their environment, and provided much-needed mental and physical enrichment. We were able to ensure that every foster home had multiple toys geared toward enrichment of the foster cats in their care. We found that when cats are mentally stimulated, they are more likely to aim their energy towards toys and move more throughout their space.
32 and counting!
Although we feel this grant has given the rescue the ability to provide all of our cats and kittens with enrichment tools, we feel that those who benefitted the most have been the cats and kittens housed at our Petco partner habitat locations. These are located in Romeoville and Downers Grove, Illinois. These tools provide endless amusement for cats and kittens of all ages.
One of those cats is Romeo (first photo). In his cat habitat, he had toys and an interactive food dish that helped him “hunt” for his dry food, and occasionally a treat!
The Feliway Scent Spray has helped kittens like Tobias, Gob, and Maeby settle into the habitat and feel more like it is home. All of these cats and kittens have been adopted! Thanks to this grant, we have seen an increase in activity and a decrease in stress and fear!
The money is being used to cover medication costs for the adopter of senior dog Baby.
This grant helped us get Baby adopted! After she came into our care on Christmas Eve of 2020, she was finally adopted in June of 2021 thanks in huge part to the support of the Petfinder Foundation.
Sweet senior Chihuahua mix Baby came to the Kauai SPCA on Christmas Eve 2020. She was a transfer from our island’s only animal shelter.
At 16 years of age, Baby had health issues that needed extra attention. She went into foster care with us, where her foster mom fell in love with her and helped provide her with amazing care.
Finding a home for a senior dog in general is difficult, but doing so on Kauai is exceptionally challenging. We have a small island population, which limits our potential adoption opportunities on-island. Additionally, veterinary care is not cheap on Kauai. These factors make it difficult to find homes for senior animals.
Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant, we were able to make adopting Baby more financially accessible by covering the medication costs for Baby. This played a huge factor in Baby finding her permanent home.
Baby was officially adopted on June 11 by her foster mom, who decided she had to make Baby a permanent member of her family. Baby is so loved! We couldn’t be more thrilled for Baby and are grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for helping to make Baby’s adoption possible. Mahalo, Petfinder Foundation!
San Antonio Pets Alive! was able to purchase an energy-efficient washing machine and self-warming quilted blanket mats with the grant money. Our washing machine was broken during the winter storms, and this caused challenges during the storms as we needed to keep our animals warm. The washing machine has been wonderful as we constantly have to keep up with our heavy loads of dirty blankets and towels. It is a tremendous help to our medical staff and keeping up with the clinic.
Our medical clinic cares for ill puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats. We have parvovirus and distemper wards and have to make sure our towels and blankets get cleaned extremely well. This new washing machine ensures that our materials are being washed well and sanitized. We care for 55 animals at a time in our clinic. The blankets are also helping our animals during the cold and warm days of the year. They are keeping our animals comfortable and warm, without the need for an electrical cord.
This grant will help hundreds of animals that come into our care.
Suzy (first and second photos) was found in May behind our clinic by a dumpster, screaming in pain. She was next to a can of oil and had a horrible burn on her back. We aren’t sure if the bottle fell on her or if someone purposely put it on her, as she was terrified of humans. Our medical team treated her wounds and cared for her, gaining her trust and affection. She is now sweet and sassy and currently in a foster home looking for her furever family. Hopefully, she will be adopted out quickly!